SLIDE SHOW: Fogo de Chão's new look

ADDISON, Texas Fogo de Chão has completed a $1 million renovation of its restaurant here and plans to use the new look as a pattern for future updates at the 16-unit Brazilian steakhouse chain.

The Addison restaurant, which originally opened in 1997, remained open during the renovations, which took place during overnight work sessions over three months, said Jair Coser, founder of the churrascaria-style restaurant.

Click here to see photos of the redesigned restaurant.

“The renovation of our flagship U.S. location will be used as a template for future updates and enhancements to our restaurants throughout the country,” Coser said.

The revamped restaurant features higher ceilings, amber glass chandeliers and private-dining areas that were expanded to accommodate parties of 10 to 100. Wood finishes include eucalyptus wood, which was bought as part of the Lyptus project, an initiative in Brazil that promotes the use of sustainable woods.

Cliff Maillet, Fogo’s designer said, “We wanted to open up the main dining area. É We raised the ceilings in the salad bar and dining areas to 13 feet, which not only adds volume but also enhances the vibrancy in the rooms.”

In addition to the 16 U.S. locations, Fogo de Chão has six units in Brazil.

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